Monday, November 28, 2011

Ivory Coast favourite for ACN

Ivory Coast are the heavy favourites going into the African Cup of Nations in 2012 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year.

The Elephants will be able to call upon on the service of a number of high profile European players such as the Toure brothers, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho and Didier Drogba.

It was a disappointing World Cup campaign for Ivory Coast in South Africa last year. They finished third in their group behind Brazil and Portugal despite only losing one game in the competition. Those following the latest African Cup of Nations betting should remember this.

Their record in the African Cup of Nations is fairly moderate; as they have won the tournament just once and that came in 1992. They were runners-up though in 2006 when they were defeated in the final by Egypt.

In 2010 the Elephants were beaten in the quarter-finals by Algeria 3-2 after extra-time in a memorable encounter.

Ghana are likely to be fancied by many going in the tournament this year. Asamoah Gyan has been the star of African football in the past 12 months and will be expected to be one of the leading goal scorers at the competition.

Household names such as Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and John Mensah will all make up their squad alongside some exciting home-based players that Serbian coach Goran Stevanovic is expected name next month.
Tunisia will be hoping for the same success they had in the African Cup of Nations in 2004 when they won the event. Since then they have had two quarter-final appearances, although they did fail to make it past the group stages last time around.  They lost all three of their games against Cameroon, Gabon and Zambia in a disappointing campaign.

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